Jameis Winston left the Buccaneers’ game against the Cardinals after going down hard on his throwing shoulder.
The team ruled him questionable to return with the injury, even after he tried to play through it.
What does this mean for the Buccaneers? It’s Fitzmagic time. Ryan Fitzpatrick took over at quarterback (and so did his curse) for the Bucs the rest of the day. If Winston has to sit out any other games, Fitzpatrick will get the call again.
“They said he was taped up and spatted and could have gone back in the game,” Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said. “That’s encouraging.”
The injury initially appeared to be significant, as Fournette’s foot got caught underneath him as he was brought to the ground by cornerback Trumaine Johnson. Fournette tried to hop to the sideline before falling back to the ground.
Fournette rushed for 130 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown run on Jacksonville’s first offensive snap, on 21 carries Sunday. The fourth overall pick in this year’s draft, Fournette leads the NFL with six rushing touchdowns and also is second in the league in rushing yards (596) and carries (130).
It has taken the Saints three years to get out of the gutter, but they might finally be bouncing back toward mediocrity.
The reality is that the Saints don’t need to possess a top-three defense to make it to the postseason. If the defense can just flirt with competency, that should be enough for Brees and the offense to hit 10 wins. FPI has the Saints nearly there, with 9.6 wins and a division-best 39.8 percent chance of winning the NFC South. With New Orleans catching a break and facing a Packers team without Rodgers in Lambeau this weekend before hosting the Bears, the Saints look in great shape to stay in the thick of the NFC South race.